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The professional recording studio

31.08.2017

From egg cartons to floating rooms, there are lots of ways to improve your recording quality. But if you want to build a professional sound studio, you need the right people for the job. A perfect studio is one that’s quiet when needed, and loud when wanted. One of the greatest challenges of building a professional recording studio in a city is noise control. You don’t want sound from the outside to leak in, and you don’t want to disturb your neighbors.

Earlier this year, Online Voices, made the decision to expand the Stockholm facilities and three new professional recording studios are being built at the moment. Studiobyggarna, a market leading company in building acoustic treated rooms, has been given the task of designing and building the new control rooms and sound booths. During the building phase, we have taken the opportunity of asking Filip, a project manager at Studiobyggarna, to share his expertise and experience with us.

Filip says there is mainly two ways to acoustically treat a room. You can isolate the room to prevent outside noise to leak in, and you can treat the room in order for it to sound better. If you require the very best you have to start from scratch. In order to build a completely sound proof voice box and a great sounding control room, you need to build a floating room for each. A floating room is like a room within a room, with material in-between to dampen vibrations and outside interference. That’s what we are building for Online Voices, that way we can ensure that every recording will sound impeccable. One major difference between a voice booth, tailor made for voice overs, and a recording space for music, is the way sound waves bounce in the room. For voice overs, a completely 'dead’ room with no bouncing (no reverb time) occurs between walls, is preferable. When you record music, you often want a bit more air and space. Filip also points out that the way you furnish the control room also have impacts on the listening quality. Things like sofas, carpets and drapes affect the audio in specific ways. You want to make your control room as symmetrical as possible.

As Studiobyggarna is putting the finishing touches on the new studios, Online Voices is slowly beginning the process of moving the recording gear and computers. Stay tuned for the latest news!